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the NZ 3.7-inch howitzers on Guadalcanal

September 30 2015 at 5:08 PM
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You wrote, "The 3.7 saw use in almost all theatres during WW2, including on Guadalcanal by Royal New Zealand Artillery and in New Guinea by Royal Australian Artillery."

It is fairly well known that the Australians got at least four 3.7-inch mountain howitzers—"well worn"—from the New Zealanders. Much has been written about the service of these mountain howitzers in New Guinea. At the end of the campaign on that part of the island, three of the howitzers were abandoned (reason: no more ammunition, not to mention their condition at that point), but an attempt was made to bring one back, subsequently lost at sea (circumstances unknown). Can you expand a bit on the previous service of these mountain pieces on Guadalcanal in the hands of the New Zealanders, e.g., where and when? Do you know if the mountain howitzers used on Guadalcanal were the selfsame ones seeing action in New Guinea?



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